Sunday, May 6, 2012

NOTICE about Future Blog Posts

Notice: I will be concentrating my time and efforts at my Author Site/Blog found here:

I write paranormal thrillers, urban fantasy, young adult novels. On my site I do blog about paranormal entertainment - many of the exact same things I post about here. Which is why I've been feeling as if I'm writing the same thing for two different sites! And many times I cross-promote - directing readers to hop over to the other site or even re-posting the same article in both places in their entirety.

I hated to "delete" this account with all the goodies found here and I do get visitors all the time reading the posts - even ones that are over a year old! So...this is to let everyone know that at the time of this writing I haven't fallen over dead or been abducted by aliens or seduced by a vampire or whisked off to a foreign land to battle evil werewolves.

I may pop in here to post from time to time. At my author site, whenever I post something pertaining to paranormal entertainment, I'll be sure to "title" it the same way I have done here and will announce the new posting in the same way as here.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

'Dark Angel' TV series - Remembering & Discovering

'Dark Angel' season 1 & 2 promos

I really liked 'Dark Angel' and was so ticked off when it abruptly ended after only two seasons. We bought both Season 1 and 2 on DVD and faithfully re-watched every episode. Perhaps if it aired now, instead of back in 2000 - 2002, it would be a huge hit. When you think of what is currently popular on television and the movies, 'Dark Angel' would smoothly fit right in the mix and do some major ass kicking! (which of course Max, played by the stunning Jessica Alba, totally did just that and rocked doing it!)

Two specific changes that happened with/to the show that bothered me: 1) it was moved to a different night for the second season, 2) the entire ordeal with Logan's legs being paralyzed then him regaining his ability to walk again towards the end of the second season drove me bonkers. But I still loved the show!

I did some digging and discovered what was SUPPOSED to happen if another season was picked up by the network...which it wasn't...and that would've been Season 3. The show was canceled on a cliffhanger:


It was to bring together the storylines of season 1 (Manticore) and season 2 (ancient blood cult) and reveal the mythology of Dark Angel. As detailed by Charles H. Eglee: Many thousands of years ago, a comet passed closely through the atmosphere of the earth, and deposited viral material that killed 97% of the human race. Some people survived that had a genetic predisposition, some kind of antibody or immunity. The great pyramids in Egypt were actually genetic repositories, preserving the DNA of the survivors. This cult was an ancient blood cult that passed on this genetic immunity to selective members to keep this antibody against the return of the comet (which was set to happen in Season 3) so that they'd survive for being genetically select. Everybody else on the planet would perish and the members of the cult would be there to rebuild civilization, and thus inherit the earth.

Sandeman, Max's creator, out of the Manticore X-5 mythology, was a man that jumped from this cult to implement this immunity genetic technology into the rest of human society to save all of humanity. He believed that everybody deserved the cure. The other cult members deemed Sandeman a heretic and a threat, undermining their goals of rebuilding humanity in their own image.

Max was going to be the savior of the human race. Sandeman finally found out how to give this genetic immunity to everyone through Max. There were multiple ideas of how to spread Max's immunity to humanity, including: an air burst that would spread the antibody and dispersed through the human race and save everyone from the comet or, the immunity would be attached to the viruses associated with the common cold and thus spread through the common cold (he detailed how a scene would show original Cindy sneezing as part of the beginning of the immunity spread).

Series writer Moira Dekker also spoke on the DVD commentary that Logan's transfusion that allowed him to use his legs once again at the end of season 2 would begin to fail during season 3.

And how about some TRIVIA:

>Season 1 begins and ends the same: "Sometimes it seems like it happened to someone else, like maybe it was a story I heard. Even though I know it happened." Max says it atop the Space Needle in the Pilot and Logan says it atop the Space Needle in the season finale.

>At the end of the series finale, "Freak Nation", the shot of the transgenics raising their flag mimics the American flag being raised by US Marines on Iwo Jima.

>Kevin Durand's character, Joshua, was modeled after a bloodhound. He was also Manticore's first gene experiment.

>Tagline: "She is the shape of things to come..."

'Dark Angel' (2000–2002), TV Series  -   60 min  -  Action | Drama | Mystery.
Scored a 7.4 out of a 10 from 11,575 users/voters at Internet Movie Database.   (and yet with a rating like that was canceled!)

Synopsis:  A group of genetically-enhanced children escape from a lab project. Years later we meet Max, one of the escapees who now works for a messenger service in the post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest.

Creators: James Cameron, Charles H. Eglee
Stars: Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly and Richard Gunn
Well, gotta Max would say :)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

"The Twilight Zone" - A Major Influencer

The Twilight Zone Definitive Collection
The Twilight Zone at Amazon

I hadn't been born yet during the five years that "The Twilight Zone" shows were filmed and broadcast. But I can appreciate and respect the incredible influence these shows had on the future of science fiction and fantasy in all areas of entertainment (movies, TV shows, books). Let us pay homage and review...

"Twilight Zone" (1959–1964), also "The Twilight Zone" (original title). 156 episodes.

TV Series - Rated TV-PG,  Fantasy | Horror | Mystery.
Score: 9.3 out of a 10 from 15,637 users/voters at Internet Movie Database.

Synopsis: Rod Serling's seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished.

Creator: Rod Serling
Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord and Jay Overholts

"Twilight Zone" Video Clips: Here and Here

Official Show Website - "The Twilight Zone"


>CBS wanted Orson Welles as the narrator/host, but the producers felt that he asked for too much money.

>All episodes in Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 5 were thirty minutes in length. Episodes in Season 4 (airing from January to May 1963) were one hour in length due to CBS' switching the show's available time-slot where only an hour could be taken.

>Rod Serling thought he had come up with the term "Twilight Zone" on his own (he liked the sound of it), but after the show aired he found out that it is an actual term used by Air Force pilots when crossing the day/ night sides above the world.

>Rod Serling invited any viewers to submit a script. He was flooded with over 14,000 scripts, and he actually got around to reading 500 of them. But only two were any good, and he couldn't use them because they didn't fit the format of the show.

>The TV Show was followed by:
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
The Twilight Zone (1985)
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994)
The Twilight Zone (2002)

>Here are the famous quotes narrated by Rod Serling at the start of the episodes (each season varied a bit):

Season 1: "There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge.This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call - the Twilight Zone."

Season 2: "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

Season 3: "You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

Season 4 & 5: "You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone."

Wow. Don't you just love that?!? I think I like Season One's Quote the best! I swear I'm about to open my back door and recite it to the world (or at least my husband who is actually out there!).

Sunday, April 1, 2012

'Wrath of the Titans' - Zeus is in Trouble

'Wrath of the Titans' movie poster

'Wrath of the Titans' (2012), 99 min  -  Action | Adventure | Fantasy  -  March 30, 2012 (in theaters - USA).

Rating: 6.5 out of a 10 from 3,181 voters at Internet Movie Database.

Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Rosamund Pike.

Official 'Wrath of the Titans' Movie Trailer
Official 'Wrath of the Titans' Website

Storyline - Written by Warner Bros. Pictures: 
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, ('Clash of the Titans') Perseus - the demigod son of Zeus - is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's demigod son Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

[from trailer] 
Zeus: You will learn someday that being half human, makes you stronger than a god. 

[from trailer] 
Hades: You're sweating like a human... next it will be tears. 

Reviewers' Comments:
>So bad it will make your eyes bleed.
>Action packed, and better than the first.
>Offers a lot of intense action sequences.
>Creatures this time are much more inventive.
>Decent 3D and visuals, but lacking plot.
>Story is better than 1st one, even though dialogues are weak. More light- hearted.
>Acting was fair and the plot was not complicated-thin material.
>The 3D was used nicely and didn't come off as a total gimmick.
>An entertaining experience, despite not being excellent.
>Don't watch it with pre-conceived ideas based on actual Greek mythology, but rather loosely based on the stories.
>Most of the characters were dull; the comic relief was dull! On a positive note, Liam Neeson and Ray Finnes were awesome as always.
>If you watch the movie with an open mind and can accept a shallow storyline, then the action and special effects make for some decent entertainment.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

'Snow White and the Huntsman' Gaining Momentum

Snow White & The Huntsman movie poster

'Snow White and the Huntsman' (2012) - Action | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy - June 1, 2012 (in theaters - USA)

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

Official Movie Trailer: Snow White & The Huntsman
Official Movie Site: Snow White & The Huntsman

>Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder were considered to play Ravenna, the Evil Queen. Charlize Theron won the part.

>Charlize Theron dropped out from 'J. Edgar' to do this movie.

>During filming Kristen Stewart accidentally punched co-star Chris Hemsworth in the face giving him a black eye. 

>Filming began in the United Kingdom in October 2011 and was completed in December 2011 in London, England.

>Kristen Stewart admitted while filming the fight scenes that she had to overcome a fear of horses dating back to a mishap at nine-years-old in which she sustained a fractured elbow.

QUOTE: [from trailer] 
>Queen Ravenna: Do you hear that? It's the sound of battles fought and lives lost. It once pained me to know that I am the cause of such despair. But now their cries give me strength. Beauty is my power. 

Various ANSWERS from different people: 
>I am interested to see what Kristen Stewart does with this role. 
>The trailer was good. 
>Charlize Theron. 
>Chris Hemsworth. 
>The dwarves. 
>The actors playing the dwarves.
>I love re-tellings of fairy tales, and the twist interests me.
>I really did not care about this movie until I saw the trailer. Now I want to watch it!

~~As do I!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

'Dark Shadows' with Johnny Depp. Making Waves.

'Dark Shadows' movie poster - 2012

'Dark Shadows' (2012) - Comedy | Fantasy | Horror - In Theaters May 11, 2012 (USA).

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Director:  Tim Burton

Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green

Official Movie Trailer:  Dark Shadows

Well, well... Fans of the 'Dark Shadows' gothic soap opera which aired from 1966 - 1971 with 1,225 episodes and fans of the short-lived 1991 TV series (which ended with a cliffhanger) are not happy with this new movie version. The majority of fans are NOT pleased with the heavy comedy angle, comparing it to the style of The Addams Family.

But curiosity will win out and many will flock to watch it anyway. (I'll wait until it comes out at the rental store on two buck night.)

Shock, confusion and even anger was felt among those who viewed the movie trailer (myself included). It was not what people expected. Then again, Tim Burton was behind the making of this movie. And he is well known for "the unusual". If you want to read all the bad comments and emotional uproar about 'Dark Shadows' 2012, see the Internet Movie Database Bulletin Boards. (That link should take you directly to the 'Dark Shadows' boards.)

I really think Johnny Depp could have pulled off a very convincing Barnabas Collins because he is actually creepier in real life than the original character was in the 1966 series. And that's NOT a negative comment or "dis" towards Johnny Depp. He is brilliant with his acting, I love many of the movies he's been in and I soooo expected an amazing Barnabas Collins recreation from him. Such a shame.

Now...if I can manage to NOT think of or compare this movie to the original stuff, then I did find the movie trailer quite funny. It was entertaining. Yeah, call me "wishy-washy" -- I rarely ever completely shoot down or bad mouth anything. 

Lots of memorable quotes from the trailer that stuck in my brain:

Angelique Bouchard: Hello, Barnabas. Remember me? 
Barnabas Collins: Witch, you cursed me to be this hideous creature! You may strategically place your wonderful lips upon my posterior and kiss it repeatedly! 

Barnabas Collins: How soon can the horses be ready? 
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard: We don't have horses, we have a Chevy. 
[Collins looks confused] 

Barnabas Collins: [seeing TV for the first time] What sorcery is this? 
[attacks the TV
Barnabas Collins: Reveal yourself, tiny songstress! 

Carolyn Stoddard: Are you stoned or something? 
Barnabas Collins: They tried stoning me, my dear. It did not work. 

The movie doesn't hit theaters till May 11, 2012. Anyone who's seen the trailer have any feedback? 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

'The River' - Continue to Flow or Dry Up?

'The River' promo logo

'The River' is an American paranormal/adventure/horror/found-footage television series (that's a mouthful) that debuted during the 2011–12 television winter season on ABC as a midseason replacement. Only eight episodes will be produced for the first season. The series premiered on February 7, 2012 and will have its finale on March 20, 2012 (unless pushed forward due to scheduling conflicts). According to TV Guide, it's not looking good that it will be renewed for a second season, but not confirmed yet. Scroll down for more of  my thoughts...

Long Synopsis (for those curious):
Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went looking for "magic" deep in the uncharted Amazon basin and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole's emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole's cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the missing cameraman's daughter, Lena Landry (Eloise Mumford), Magus mechanic Emilio Valenzuela (Daniel Zacapa) and private security bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann).

Official 'The River' Website.  Jammed with way cool stuff! One of the better sites I've seen dedicated to a TV show.

According to ABC's final ratings data through Thursday, March 8, 2012: 'The River' was #15 out of 19 Scripted TV Shows on ABC. It received a "D" grade. The 18-49 age demo rating was 1.7. The viewers in millions: 4.97. Not looking good. 

Much comparison is made between 'The River' and 'Lost' but they are quite different. I think a decent number of viewers started out watching the show, only to have faded away after a few episodes. At Internet Movie Database the latest voter rating gave it  6.7 out of a 10 from 3,498 users. That's isn't terrible, although it could be fans are flocking the site trying to post great reviews to help save the show, boosting the rating score.

I'm always amazed at the number of new TV shows that are heavily seems as if you've memorized their previews as they are firmly lodged in your memory banks from constant advertising. The new shows fire up, everyone is excited and then to the disappointment of many, half of them (again-it seems that way) get canceled mid-season or only survive the one initial season. I reviewed the early predictions/rumors/actual facts/etc. at about the fall season...I think MORE THAN HALF of the current shows I'm watching are either canceled or "not looking good". Depressing and a sad, sad time to see some disappear. I hope the networks come up with decent replacements or I'll be spending more time reading books (which is not a problem!).

Monday, March 5, 2012

"The Thing" - Prequel to "The Thing"

'The Thing' movie poster
"The Thing" - (2011), Rated R, 103 min - Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi - October 14, 2011 in theaters (USA), DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012.

Couldn't they have added some additional clarification to the title "The Thing" - something as simple as the words: "The Beginning" or "Prequel" or "Prelude" or "How It Began"?? I wasn't aware that's what this 2011 movie happened to be. I thought it was a remake of the original from 1982. Maybe I wasn't paying attention to the previews as close as I should have. Hmmm...see my Trivia further down for a note about this.


Internet Movie Database ( users voted and gave "The Thing" a  6.3 out of a 10 score with 31,228 votes.

Super brief synopsis:
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.

Here's an editorial review from Amazon: It's not human. Yet. From the producers of "Dawn of the Dead" comes the chilling prelude to John Carpenter's cult classic film. When paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish in this spine-tingling thriller.

Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen.

Official Movie Trailer: The Thing (2011)
Official Movie Site: The Thing (2011)

>>The producers convinced Universal Studios to allow them to create a prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing (that's the link to the 1982 movie!!) instead of a remake, as they felt Carpenter's film was already perfect, so making a remake would be like "painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa". However, the prequel still has the title of the original film, because they couldn't think of a subtitle (for example, "The Thing: Begins") that sounded good.
>>When we first meet Kate Lloyd she is studying something that looks stunningly similar to the 1982 dog monster.
>>An enormous amount of screen shots from the first movie were kept on the set while filming at all times, in order to ensure that the Norwegian station would be rebuilt to the smallest details.

Monday, February 27, 2012

'The Walking Dead' - Full of Life!

The Walking Dead TV promo

'The Walking Dead' is alive and surviving quite well, zombies and all. The majority of the reviewers have given this show high marks as you can see in the rating score below. Of course, as with all shows, movies and books, there will be a number of people who are neutral, have become tired of the show or simply hate it. But most love it...

TV Series: 2010 – current, airs Sundays on AMC, Rated TV-14, 45 min - Drama | Horror | Thriller.
8.7 out of a 10 rating from 94,280 voters at
Super brief synopsis:
Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies (she was on 'Prison Break').

'Walking Dead' Trailer
'Walking Dead' Official Site

Question: Is this based on a book?
Answer: Yes, it is based on the graphic novel of the same name, written by Robert Kirkman. However it is not an exact representation of the comic, there are characters in the comic that are not in the show, and vice-versa.

Question: So then, is it true to the graphic novels?
Answer: The first episode is a faithful interpretation of the first issue of the comic book. The main differences are 1) the opening with the little girl zombie 2) and extended scene before Rick gets shot 3) the show contains more background on Morgan and Duane and 4) the comic does not show us the fate of Lori until the next issue. The remaining episodes of the first season diverge fairly widely in terms of plot. The general idea of the camp outside of Atlanta is the same and most of the characters in the camp are in the comic. The Dixon brothers, the extended zombie siege of the department store, and the Vatos are all invented for the show. The TV show adds several characters. It also makes some changes to existing characters.

The following reviews REALLY caught my attention (at and sum up the opinion of the majority of viewers:

>Walking Dead is Amazing!!!!, 11 February 2012
Author:abkm47 from United States
This show is so entertaining. Starting out season one with a Sheriff waking up in a hospital to a world that has completely changed. The story gets better and better as the you get to know the characters. The show has terror and keeps you on the edge of your seat, you are yelling at the screen just like in a horror movie, the difference is the actors are amazing, especially, in my opinion Norman Reedus as Daryl. There is just enough gore and the make up artists are amazing.

The show takes you on an emotional roller coaster, you are scared, happy, sad, anxious, I love this show and can 't Wait for what is going to happen next. I loved how they are developing the characters and am hoping for a love interest for Daryl, but maybe that will ruin his manliness.

I am not a huge zombie fan but this show has me completely hooked!

>Walkin' The Walk, 20 February 2012
Full disclosure: I'm not a big fan of zombies (at least not since "Time Of The Season" and "She's Not There" were hits, anyway), I never read the graphic novels this show is based on, and I wouldn't have given you a plugged nickel for my chances of watching this show past the 15-minute mark of the pilot episode.

But here I am...glued to this puppy midway into the 2nd season. Why? Because good acting goes a long way, kids. (Particularly with the addition---however ultimately tenuous--of Scott Wilson to the cast.) Act as if ye have real drama, and real drama shall be given unto you.

Given the premise here (essentially "Night of the Living Dead" in series format) this show could have easily pegged the "Complete Drivel" meter right out of the gate. Instead, the producers and the cast treat the material as more than comic book fodder for tweens. This is the kind of show that could actually give "post-apocalyptic" a good name again.

Like "24", "Walking Dead" is an E-ticket ride once you're strapped in. Lots of fun. And this make-up department can really dial up the "ick" factor and scare the dookie outa yet when they want. So turn down the lights and enjoy one of the better genre exercises of this type that you're likely to see.

Monday, February 20, 2012

'Alcatraz' - Captivated, Confused or Quit?

'Alcatraz' - Are you captivated or confused? Or did you quit watching it by now?

Just to lay down the official plot summary and then some discussion:
On March 21, 1963, over three hundred inmates and more than forty guards disappeared from the Alcatraz island prison without a trace. To cover up the disappearance, the government invented a cover story about the prison being closed, due to unsafe conditions, and the inmates were transferred. As a young guard in 1963, federal agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) had been one of the first to discover the inmates missing. He now runs a secret government unit dedicated to finding the prisoners. In present-day San Francisco, the "63s" (as the inmates and guards are called) begin returning, having not aged at all. To help track them down and capture them, Hauser enlists police detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia), an expert on the history of Alcatraz. The 63s appear to be returning without memory of where they have been and with compulsions to find certain objects.

Alrighty are some major concerns and questions (and intrigue) about 'Alcatraz':

It seems we don't know the order in which inmates appear (or reappear). No timeline is mapped out. One thing that is a mystery, Rebecca's grandpa was there before the first inmate was tracked down. And as inmates pop up, they are getting captured by our merry little team, but Rebecca's grandpa seems to still be on the loose. Just because each week we are introduced to another inmate, doesn't mean that they are appearing one at a time...others could have reappeared in 2012, too.

The inmates who return seem to have specific instructions that they don't even fully understand the nature or purpose of. Many have been locating those large keys that we've been shown existed and were used back in the old prison. It was surprising to hear in the last episode how that inmate said he went to sleep a week ago and suddenly woke up in the year 2012. And he didn't seem to have any instructions, but went back to his old criminal activities from the 60s (setting bombs to blow up). When he and Soto chatted, he seemed completely lost to what was happening to him.

I keep wondering what happened between 1960 and 1963. Does anyone notice how the flashbacks are always in 1960? And yet they didn't disappear until 1963? Why are we never shown any flashbacks during those 3 years? I'm assuming the disappearance actually occurred in 1963 - on whatever day Alcatraz closed.

Whew-Hauser sure looks good for as old as he'd have to be by now! If he was a guard back in 1963, let's say he was 20 years old then, add onto that 50 years passing, and that would make him about 70! You'd think he'd retire and not be hunting these inmates!

It's amazing none of the inmates decided to high-tail it out of there and make a new life for themselves...but obviously something supernatural or who-knows-what happened to them during the last 50 years and reappearing in a world they know little about, especially with all the technology, had to be shocking. And they had committed horrible crimes - if they feel like no time has passed to them, they would likely fall back into their old criminal ways out on the run. Then again, we're getting the impression they are being controlled or instructed to do certain things.

Alcatraz's doctor is deeply involved in whatever is happening to the prisoners. Remember all the times back in the 60's when he kept drawing blood from them? And when Hauser nabbed Lucy from the hospital and brought her to this doctor (who also returned - who knows when?) and told the doc to heal her! What the heck?

I would say I'm captivated by 'Alcatraz'. I loved 'Lost' (same writer) and kept telling myself how totally confusing THAT show was, but still adored it and watched every episode. I hope these shows don't get to feeling like it's the same thing every week/episode, or it could get boring. Quickly. As long as they keep feeding us interesting and question-answering details each week, I'm sticking around.